May. 4, 2011

Imputation: Adding People to the Census

When census-takers can’t reach anyone at a particular address or obtain information about occupants in other ways, they sometimes use a last-resort statistical technique called “imputation” to fill in missing data. One marker of the quality of a census is how much it relies on imputation to add people to the count.

Media & News May. 4, 2011

Tornadoes Lead News in Days Before Bin Laden Death

In the week before the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Southeast captured more media attention than the economy, Obama’s birth certificate and even the British royal wedding.

U.S. Politics May. 3, 2011

Public “Relieved” By bin Laden’s Death, Obama’s Job Approval Rises

Relief and pride are the prevailing emotional responses to Sunday’s dramatic events. Obama’s approval rating has jumped, and he gets far more credit from the public than does George W. Bush for bin Laden’s killing. Still, the military and CIA receive most of the credit.

U.S. Politics May. 3, 2011

More Optimism about Afghanistan, But No Boost in Support for Troop Presence

The killing of Osama bin Laden has bolstered confidence that the government can prevent a possible terrorist attack, and that the U.S. will achieve its goals in Afghanistan. But an overnight Pew Research/Washington Post poll finds the public remains divided about keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics May. 3, 2011

Too Much Coverage: Birth Certificate, Royal Wedding

Majorities of Americans say news organizations focused too much last week on both the royal wedding in England and the release of the long-form version of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Global May. 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden Largely Discredited Among Muslim Publics in Recent Years

In the months leading up to Osama bin Laden’s death, a survey of Muslim publics around the world found little support for the al Qaeda leader.

Media & News Apr. 28, 2011

Bloggers Discuss Pulitzer Prize

Many bloggers saw the award as a sign that quality newspaper journalism is not dead. Rumors that Twitter was in the process of acquiring TweetDeck was the top story on Twitter.

U.S. Politics Apr. 27, 2011

Deficit: More Concern, Less Optimism

The public increasingly views the federal budget deficit as a major problem the country must address now, but is becoming less optimistic progress will be made on the issue.

U.S. Politics Apr. 27, 2011

Modest American Interest in Royal Wedding

The economy and deadly storms far outpaced U.S. interest in the coming nuptials in Great Britain and nearly two-thirds call wedding coverage excessive.

Media & News Apr. 26, 2011

Trump Pushes the 2012 Race into the News

For the first time this year, the 2012 presidential race emerged as a big story, driven in large part by the week’s second leading newsmaker: Donald Trump.